Headlines for Saturday, June 4, 2011

  • Twirling Candy wins the Californian Stakes.

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    Twirling Candy Dazzles in Californian

    Twirling Candy enhanced his reputation as perhaps the best handicap horse in the nation when he overcame traffic problems to run down the field in the $150,000 Californian Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park June 4.

  • Salty Strike wins the Dogwood Stakes.

    Salty Strike Makes the Grade in Dogwood

    Two weeks after demolishing a field of optional claimers, Craig Singer's homebred filly Salty Strike became a graded stakes winner, as she returned to Churchill Downs June 4 to take the Dogwood (gr. III) by 3 3/4 lengths.

  • Bay to Bay wins the Nassau Stakes.

    Bay to Bay Captures Soggy Nassau at Woodbine

    In her first start over the Woodbine turf course since she won the Natalma Stakes (Can-IIIT) as a 2-year-old in 2009, Bay to Bay ran away at 6-1 odds over yielding ground in the Nassau Stakes (Can-IIT) June 4.

  • Gio Ponti

    Gio Ponti Works, Ready for Manhattan Handicap

    Trainer Christophe Clement pronounced reigning turf male champion Gio Ponti's formal preparations for the Woodford Reserve Manhattan (gr. IT) complete following a six-furlong work in 1:13.24 over the Belmont Park turf June 4.

  • Shackleford working June 4, 2011.

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    Romans Says Shackleford a 'Go' for Belmont

    After Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Shackleford breezed five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 at Belmont Park June 4, trainer Dale Romans said the Forestry colt will run in the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Kieren Fallon

    Fallon to Miss Epsom Derby After Ruling

    Champion Irish jockey Kieren Fallon will not be allowed to ride in Saturday's Epsom Derby (Eng-I) after the owner of another horse in the race filed a successful appeal of an order barring the jockey from riding Recital.